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Russia: IKEA hit by sustainable forestry accreditation withdrawal

Date: 26 Feb 2014


Ikea Industry, a subsidiary of furniture retailer IKEA, has had its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation removed after an audit found substantial failings.

Amongst the problems found included lack of a proper environmental impact assessment, inadequate protective equipment for workers, and the harvesting of what it calls 'key biotopes'. The Rainforest Alliance, which carried out the audit, said that the problems had been systematic and spread over an extended time period.

The company said that most of the problems had already been corrected, and it was committed to addressing outstanding issues quickly to regain FSC certification.

In a statement, the company said: “IKEA is committed to responsible forest management and to the principles of the FSC. Our lease in Karelia has been FSC certified since 2006 and we believe that a reinstated FSC certificate will continue to be the best protection for natural values in the logging areas.”

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